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COLLINS SLAMS PETRIE APPOINTMENT

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FORMER Scotland midfielder John Collins does not think Rod Petrie is the right man to take the role as the new president of the SFA.

The ex-Celtic star worked under Petrie when he managed Hibs between October 2006 and December 2007.

Collins won the League Cup during his time as Easter Road boss.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I wish him all the best in the role. But do I think he’s the perfect man with qualifications for the role? No.

“I think there are maybe other people out there that could do a better job with more passion and knowledge for the job, but I don’t make the choices. Good luck to him.”

The 63-year-old Hibs chairman, who has been vice-president since 2011, had his candidacy endorsed by the membership of the SFA at an annual meeting at Hampden Park this week.

Petrie was the only candidate who ran in the election and replaces outgoing president Alan McRae. Current chairman of Alloa Athletic, Mike Mullraney, will take over the vice-presidency.

He joined the Hibs board in 1996 and was appointed chairman in 2004

Petrie said: “It goes without saying that today is a proud day and I am grateful to the membership for endorsing my presidency.

“My appointment is not a reward for what I have done, rather a recognition of the contribution I can make during my term of office as president.

“I take the responsibility seriously and will continue to work hard in the best interests of Scottish football.

“We are a members organisation with responsibility for all of the game. We need to harness our strengths and engage in a constructive way with all of our stakeholders to make the Scottish FA and the national game the best it can be at all levels.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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